The Inspector-General of Police (IG) Hillary Mutyambai has moved National Police spokesperson Charles Owino to the Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons (KNFP) in the latest changes.
According to Mutyambai, Owino will serve as KNFP’s new Deputy Director.
KNFP is an agency that coordinates different ministries and departments of the government and deals with matters concerning weaponry.
Charles Owino has served as the police spokesperson for seven years since 2015.
He previously held the position for a short stint in 2013.
Owino was well-known for being vocal on matters concerning the police service.
Recently, he defended the police force who were accused of using excessive force to reinforce the Covid-19 rules issued by the government.
“Let us obey the law, maintain social distance. The reason we have a curfew is to ensure that we handle the situation appropriately,” he said in a past press briefing.
His transfer comes as Owino had declared his interest in the Siaya county Gubernatorial seat come 2022 general elections.
He wants to secure the seat on a Raila-led Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party ticket where he will likely contest with Siaya Senator James Orengo, Siaya Deputy Governor James Okumbe and Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi in the nominations stage.
Asked why ODM, the outgoing police spokesperson said he chose ODM because of its popularity in Nyanza.
Declaring his interest in the position, Owino argued that his experience in the police service would accord him a good chance of clinching the position.
“I never wanted to declare my political interest here today, but since my father has reminded us, who am I not to show you direction.
“You know that next year people will declare interest in different positions, and as a person who has served in government, I will have clocked 50 years which allows me to resign,” Owino stated in a previous interview.